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2016 CARE2SHARE MISSION TRIP
This post is also available in: Vietnamese
2015 Annual Report
Text excerpts from 2015 Video Report
We humans are born with an innate sense to care and compassion to share. Ordinary people have bore testament to this fact throughout human history. It is with these convictions that Care2Share have planted our work as messengers, sharing the needs of the neglected and of the poor with those who want to share a part of themselves.
We are 100% volunteer base 501(c3) organization and since 1999, we have brought relief and the human touch to the suffering and the neglected people in remote areas through long term charity projects.
In 2015, we’ve spent around 125,000 in projects for Vietnam and Cambodia. This year, it is even more special because we combined our efforts with doctors, dentists and pharmacists to also bring basic medical services to remote villages throughout Vietnam. Together with P&G, GE and the Kolping Center and our friends and families supporters, Care2Share has replaced 11 toilets and renew 12 classrooms for a school in Binh Duong. We renovated two childcare centers and funded the operation of 5 more centers throughout Pleiku. We funded 100 families in the leprosy village to plant black pepper crops. We built 10 new houses throughout the country for some very deserving families. We gave out 73 refurbished bikes for students and 164 scholarships to another set of students throughout the country. We funded to continue the operation of an orphanage that is home to 32 children via the Care2Sponsor program. We funded the complete drinking water systems for three large villages. Each has 1 to 3 thousand villagers and finally, we provided food, revolving loans, and money for crop seeds for hundreds of families and elderly folks to make their living easier.
Dakrong-Kontum, a small village remotely located in the mountainside of Kontum. The roads are unpaved and allowed for only one car to pass through. Our bus got stuck at several points but we managed to arrive. It was hot. Even the locals needed the shades. We quickly converted the school into the makeshift clinic to serve them. Doctors checked on patients while pharmacists dispense medications. Our dental hygienist gave out toothbrushes and taught them how to brush properly. Our youth volunteers joined in to give out 70 bikes to the poor students who live further away. We provided dry food to families and gave candies and toys to kids.
Cam Lo orphanage is in central Vietnam and is home to 32 orphans. The kids welcome us like they do almost every year, with their welcoming song. The children opened their arms to embrace us. Some even remembered our names. The emotions of reconnecting after 12 months of absence from the children were with great joy and happiness. With the short time, we played with them and they entertained us. Then we had a dinner feast with them that truly felt like a celebration of the biggest holiday. We gave them gifts and a few moments of care. The sadness filled the air as we reenter the bus to say goodbye. There were teary faces appearing on both sides.
Medical and dental services in Bac Giang, north Vietnam, two hours drive north of Hanoi. We came to a city health clinic in a small town which locals consider a hospital. Our doctors, dentists and pharmacist assembled their work stations and begun checking patients. Non-healthcare volunteers help in getting the applications fill out and taking vital signs such as blood pressure. The people were mostly elders who have waited several hours for us. For most elders, this was their first time seeing a doctor in their entire life. After the doctors check them, the patients were given medication by the pharmacist to take home. Also, our dentists remove bad teeth from patients who have no money to go to the dentist or have access to a dentist. It was a whole day ordeal service under hot, humid and rainy weather. We were exhausted from the work and the heat.
Medical and dental service in Bac Ninh, three hours drive, north of Hanoi. By now, all team members are experienced in doing medical mission so everyone knew what they had to do. All doctors, dentist and pharmacist quickly set up their work areas. Other volunteers set up logistic and maintain the flow of patients and yet, others record applications and took vital signs. A patient brought in his x-ray and our doctor confirmed that he had cancer. That was such a sad moment to experience with a patient, out in the open. We also financed a portion of the water filtration system for this whole village to use. People come to get water in 10 gallons jugs and they pay a small amount, enough to cover electricity expenses. One family donated several acres of lychees trees. The minister asked us to help with farming them, to produce food for the market. Villagers would put in their time and labor while Care2Share fund the fertilizers and agriculture chemicals. The profits will provide income for these farmers.
Kontum, ethnic Vietnamese village at the edge of Pleiku. This village is border to Lao and Cambodia, just over the mountain range. It is a political, sensitive area where many ethnic groups live. 2015 is our third time visiting this site and we already see improvements. There are more ethnic students, both girls and boys living here to attend the city high school. They could not attend school before when they live in their remote locations. Boys and girls live in separate dorms, funded by your support. Life is harsh here with simple amenities and sanitation, no running water or sewer. This is a remote land far away from the nearest town. No toilets, no trash pickup service here neither. We gave toys and candies to kids and some did not know how to open the candy wrappers. We gave toothbrushes and other basic, living items.
Pleiku. We were introduced to yet another ethnic group, whose population was more than 300. They came to greet us at the church ground for our convenience and safety. We were greeted like royalties, when they lined up both sides and greeted us with their traditional music and with rhythmic clapping. We felt honored and many of us were speechless. The villagers entertained us. On the side, the group was cooking for us on an open fire pit. The music and cultural dances were graceful. We ate with them. This was probably a big feast compared to the standard of living. Sweet rice, pork and chicken were cooked for the party. Everyone, from young to old, enjoyed the feast. We passed out gifts as darkness drawn over the sky and we could hardly see our surroundings. The kids laughed and giggled, while the adults smiled, with toys in their hands.
Dak Gle, ethnic village in Kontum. This site has several adjacent villages connected by cable bridges built by the international communities. We passed out food and basic cooking supplies. Elders are few and they seemed lonely here. We also gave candies and toys to the kids, who faces lit up with happiness. We did a medical mission to check on the health of the villagers. Our pharmacist gave medication according to the doctors’ prescription. Vitamins and aspirins were given to general pain and malnutrition cases. Our youth volunteers came with their sponsors and worked diligently to process patients through the doctors.
In Vietnam, P&G supported Care2Share to build five houses for families that were living in straw huts, funded the operation of five childcare centers, and renovated two childcare centers to provide safe and comforts of home for over three hundred ethnic children, installed one village-wide water filtration system that serve over two thousand people. And in Binh Duong, P&G helped hands on to replace 11 broken toilets, and sinks in restrooms for boys and girls at a primary school. None of these toilets were working in years and children suffered having to hold it through the entire school day. With Care2Share, in Binh Duong, P&G was there to paint classrooms, shelves and playground equipment. Here, P&G also supported one health clinic with medicine and first-aid materials that benefited over one thousand villagers.